Stronger support for creative industries will be critical to success of government's industrial strategy, says Federation

November 27, 2017

More needs to be done to support the continued growth of the creative industries in the UK if the government’s industrial strategy is to succeed. That is the message from the Creative Industries Federation following today’s white paper.
Whilst the strategy makes clear the important role that the sector will play in the future growth of the economy, placing it alongside digital, technology and science, the Federation remains concerned about the lack of clear commitment to supporting creative businesses and making sure that the country has the skills to enable this increasingly important sector to compete on a global scale, now and in the longer term.

John Kampfner, Chief Executive of the Creative Industries Federation, said: ‘The Government has clearly been listening to calls, including from ourselves, to make the creative industries integral to the UK’s future growth and prosperity. But more concrete action is needed around education and skills development and to mitigate the impact of Brexit, which could result in the haemorrhaging of talent that is vital to the wider economy.
‘There are a number of positive measures, such as funding for place-based cultural development and growing audiences, but the strategy needs to be much more ambitious and far-sighted.

‘We are calling on government to address the drop in creative education, which is as important as STEM, to address the severe skills shortage facing the sector and to better support the businesses already working up and down the country and contributing to a sector worth £87 billion. Overlooking the urgency of this risks becoming an Achilles Heel for government and the failure of its industrial strategy.’ ENDS


  • The Federation welcomes the improved understanding of the sector in the final version of the white paper, which follows its public and behind-the-scenes advocacy in the run up to its publication and in response to a disappointing Budget.
  • The £33m for an ‘audiences of the future’ fund to support immersive tech is also welcome. Together with the AHRC’s creative industries clusters programme, this brings the funding secured for direct innovation investment in the creative industries to over £110m. The Federation and its members played a key role in securing this.
  • Government has called on the creative and other sectors to take the lead in combatting barriers to growth. The Federation will continue to argue for proposals, including a creative freelance visa, as proposed in its Global Talent report, and lead on the delivery of a Creative Careers Campaign to promote jobs in the sector to the widest next generation of talent.
  • Read the Federation’s full response to the earlier industrial strategy paper here.
  • The Creative Industries Federation is the national body for the UK’s creative industries, public arts and cultural education. We are independent of government and represent more than 1000 members working in every nation and region of the UK and in every subsector of the creative industries - from advertising and architecture to fashion and creative tech. 
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